Retouch Q- contrast/light?

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SoCalArtist
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Retouch Q- contrast/light?
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I am new to retouching and I'm curious how to get a photo from

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Does the original photo need to have been taken in natural light, as the goal photo clearly is, or is it something that can be achieved through retouching?  Curious what y'all would do.

Note: original photo not taken to mimic goal photo, it just happened to match.  I'm a fan of this photographers work and would like to work to get my photos similar in style/lighting.  I use Gimp, but I also have photoshop elements.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Some basic retouching, but mostly just a change of color temperature (warmer).

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This one has adjustments made in Portrait Professional only.

This one has my effort at color adjustment and then brush work only on the facial area.

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Great work- with the color temp, did you apply to the whole image at once, or do sections?  What basic retouching?  It looks like some skin smoothing- what tool did you use for that?  Also, it seems like there's light illuminating the face- was that a specific tool?  Thanks in advance for your advice.

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perhaps start in the HDR toning dialog...
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then a bit of bow curve, and a softening layer masked and faded to 66% opacity with a luminosity merge...

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I did three things to skin on a duplicate of the background layer: applied Topaz Clean3; applied contrast mask and blended with the original at approximately 50% opacity, then merged down; and applied a warming filter at a very low setting.  To give the image a little more pop, I also enhanced the eyes.

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SoCalArtist wrote:

I am new to retouching and I'm curious how to get a photo from

here

to here

via

Does the original photo need to have been taken in natural light, as the goal photo clearly is, or is it something that can be achieved through retouching? Curious what y'all would do.

Note: original photo not taken to mimic goal photo, it just happened to match. I'm a fan of this photographers work and would like to work to get my photos similar in style/lighting. I use Gimp, but I also have photoshop elements.

Thanks in advance for your help!

The goal image may have been taken in daylight, but it is the quality and control of the lighting that is different. Your image does not appear to be tack sharp (and I'm not a pixel peeper) and her makeup is not as well applied as your goal shot. I see this as less of a 'retouching' concern and more of a shooting/lighting issue.

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You say you're new to retouching. I suggest you watch lots of videos on Youtube, and other websites. I think you like the effect of Soft Light applied to an image after it has been pp'd. In this case I used 25 % opacity.

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Portraiture, Curves adjustment layer, high pass, and finally a warming filter.

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canuck dave wrote:

SoCalArtist wrote:

I am new to retouching and I'm curious how to get a photo from

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This is my attempt using Adobe Camera Raw in PSE only. The next step would be to use the Editor to whiten the eye areas, sharpen selectively the lips and eyelashes. Then the skin needs to be selectively softened. I did turn down clarity in ACR to soften it some, but it needs to be refined.

Not sure of your lens setting. Typically portraits look best when shot at about 85 mm (35 mm equiv.)

Photoshop Elements ACR 7.4 version

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Soft light dodge and burn, red as well as green channel soft light layers, a touch of facial glow (highlight layer blurred in screen mode), selective color adjustments, and a little eye work.

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I am new to retouching and . . .

I used a curves adjustment layer in Photoshop. If you want the psd file to see the adjustment, email me. I suppose it'll open in PS Elements.

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I intended to post in response to the OP, not your post as I did. I guess I lost track of where I was posting from...

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There's no substitute for investing the time to learn portrait retouching techniques and all the ins and outs of the Curves tool. But meanwhile there's nothing wrong with using a few quick tricks

I opened your photo in GIMP and applied Filters-G'MIC-Details-YAG Effect.  I used the default values.  YAG, incidentally, stands for "yet another glow."  It warms up an image and often looks good on portraits.  If you don't have the G'MIC plugin, download it from http://gmic.sourceforge.net/gimp.shtml

Then I used Filters-Enhance-Unsharp Mask to lightly sharpen the entire image.  Much more tweaking could be done of course, but this will get you started.

One G'MIC filter and a bit of sharpening

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She looks too pale-skinned below the chin, so I gave her an overall suntan effect:

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SoCalArtist wrote:

I am new to retouching and I'm curious how to get a photo from

here

to here

via

Does the original photo need to have been taken in natural light, as the goal photo clearly is, or is it something that can be achieved through retouching? Curious what y'all would do.

Note: original photo not taken to mimic goal photo, it just happened to match. I'm a fan of this photographers work and would like to work to get my photos similar in style/lighting. I use Gimp, but I also have photoshop elements.

Thanks in advance for your help!

A quick edit to brighten and smooth model, lighten the background. I used NIK's Viveza  to even out the lighting. Photoshop was used for selective color, luminosity and sharpening edits.

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Done with Corel, adjusted tones and removed some specular highlights.

SoCalArtist wrote:

I am new to retouching and I'm curious how to get a photo from

here

to here

via

Does the original photo need to have been taken in natural light, as the goal photo clearly is, or is it something that can be achieved through retouching? Curious what y'all would do.

Note: original photo not taken to mimic goal photo, it just happened to match. I'm a fan of this photographers work and would like to work to get my photos similar in style/lighting. I use Gimp, but I also have photoshop elements.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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skin smoothing, luminance curve adjustment, red curve adjustment, yellow luminance increase, eyes sharpen (slightly)

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In reply to SoCalArtist, 8 months ago

...the 'from here-to-here' question has been answered expertly, so just tried a retouch ...

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